Texans acknowledge re-signing Walter will be challenging

Posted March 03, 2010 @ 1:18 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Texans general manager Rick Smith indicated that re-signing UFA WR Kevin Walter would be challenging. "We would like to have Kevin back," Smith said, noting he had talked to Walter's agent. "… He is an important part of our football team and we would like to (keep him.) Unfortunately the thing about free agency now is, you can't keep everybody. When you talk about putting a football team together and structuring your team and trying to improve and get better, you've got to make some tough decisions. And sometimes, you've got to let players go that you otherwise wouldn't want to. That's just a part of it." Walter, who turns 29 in August, caught 53 passes for 611 yards and two TDs in 14 starts for Houston last season. He missed a pair of games with a hamstring injury. One factor that would reduce the sting if Walter departed: the Texans have good WR depth. Jacoby Jones, talented but still developing, would step in for Walter, and reserves André Davis and David Anderson are also capable pass catchers. Other UFA wide receivers include the Derrick Mason, Antonio Bryant, Chris Chambers, Terrell Owens and Nate Burleson.

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